I quit my job to work for myself 7 years ago - here are 5 key lessons I've learned
- Author Jessica Thiefels, who's been working for herself for seven years, has several helpful tips for prospective participants in the gig economy.
- From following up persistently to quantifying your value, here are five key lessons to learn if you're ready to leave your 9-to-5 for freelance work.
While the term "gig economy" feels like just another buzzword, the reality is that our global workforce is moving in this direction.In May 2017, the BLS released a report saying that, within the month of May, 10.6 million people engaged in independent contractor work. Upwork's 2017 Freelancing in America report found that, in total, 57.3 million people in the US were freelancing last year.
I've been freelancing and working in the gig economy since 2011, when I got my first freelance writing job. I've been in and out over the last seven years and now still take on freelance clients, even after starting my organic content marketing agency.
Along the way, I've learned a few key lessons that may help if you're ready to leave the 9-to-5 behind you.